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Jahn TI, aka John Taylor was born in Clarksville TN. After being moved to Houston TX. shortly after birth, he was raised by his single mother who struggled every day to provide a good life for him. She was an inspirational force and taught him how to overcome the obstacles that are thrown at someone in life.
Jahn TI was a boy who grew up fatherless, so he starved for true guidance. By the age of 14, he started gravitating in the direction of conscious Reggae music.Reggae was coined in Jamaica,which has it's influences in U.S.A. and Africa.The Kings music was speaking to his soul. He was counseled by lyrics from various artists such as Bob Marley,Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Mykal Rose, Ijahman Levi, etc. and through the teachings of H.I.M. This is what he used to develop his character and enhance his moral and spiritual values.
In his early 20's, John found himself in a three-part harmony trio named BUFFALO SOLDIER. In 1993, they released VISION OF LOVE, which was recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at the MIXING LAB with the ROOTS RADICS backing. He wrote three songs off the album titled War is Not the Answer (included on the playlist), In the Ghetto, and Road of Life. During this time, they performed at different reggae festivals with large audiences where he shined through with his performance, catching attention from local promoters that led him to even bigger venues, and huge reviews in the press.
Jahn TI has recently been working with different engineers ,producers, and musicians from Jamaica including Christopher Reid aka Zabrick, Baby Lee, Soljie Cegrica Hamilton, Judia and Joshua Manning (Gappo) who wrote the instrumentals for TRUE LOVE. Jahn Ti also works with the Roots Radics, and Ras Goudie. In the U.S. he is working with Teddy Bishop from Urban Rockstars who has produced for the likes of Toni Braxton and many more